Published Online: 31 August 2005
Page Count: 9
Professor, University of Pretoria, Pretoria,
Professor of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton,
Professor of Optoelectronics, University of Surrey, Buildford,
(Received 6 March 2003; accepted 7 April 2005)
This paper describes a prototype device for ultra-small strain triaxial stiffness measurement, using laser-optic interferometry, and based upon the Fabry-Perot principle. The results of a test on an intact specimen of weak rock are presented, and comparisons made between measurements using this device and a submersible LVDT system. The displacement resolution of the interferometer was 0.0006 μm and the strain resolution 8 × 10−7%. It is shown that the measurement uncertainty of the instrument was low compared with the magnitude of the displacements measured and in addition it was sufficiently accurate to detect the linear stress-strain behavior of a weak rock.
Paper ID: GTJ10406